Many hospitals are either making the switch to electronic health records or considering the move. According to the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, more individuals are now using smart phones and other devices to track their own health data. Better tracking may help prevent medical mistakes and lead to improved health for those making the change. While many people use cell phone applications to track weight, smart phones are also useful for tracking data connected with chronic ailments such as diabetes.
Every year, a non-profit group known as Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety grades all 50 states and Washington D.C. concerning the implementation of road safety laws. Illinois is considered "significantly advanced" and has enacted 12 of the 15 laws recommended by the group. The grades are drawing increased attention after a lull in the passage of highway safety laws. With the surge in fatal accidents in the first three-quarters of 2012, safety regulators are examining what more can be done to prevent highway fatalities.